Each year we have our two Tennessee grandkids with us during Vacation Bible School. After a year off, we were looking forward to the time together with seven-year-old Amelia (“Mea”) and eleven-year old Kyle. As it happened, this VBS would really be one to remember.
This week we had the chance to share about God’s love in various ways. Drawing on our music ministry background, my wife, Kathy, and I led the music for the preschool department during “Children’s Adventure Week. The kids were a joy to teach but reminded us that we are not getting any younger!
We also led an evangelistic presentation for the older children. The “paint talk” presentation was one we used as missionaries in Brazil and Kenya. We always found it to be an effective explanation of the gospel in a simple-to-understand form, using fluorescent paint and a black light. The children watched and listened carefully as we told them becoming a part of God’s family is one of the most important things in life.
After the presentation the children went back to their classrooms. The teachers asked them if anyone would like to accept Christ. Our granddaughter shared she would like to. Of course, the word came back to us quickly that our Mea prayed to receive Christ. She later talked with our pastor, and he said she knew what decision she had made and understood it well.
What a blessing to be able to take part in this. There were at least 12 others who also accepted Jesus! Kathy and I have always enjoyed working and doing ministry together, but this time we can truly say this was the Best VBS Ever!
Jeff Deasy is IBSA’s Administrative Director of Operations. He and Kathy are members of Chatham Baptist Church.